Dark Souls by From Software is the spiritual successor to Demon's Souls. The game is a dungeon crawler with an emphasis on its high difficulty levels and punishing the careless player. It is well known for its taunting trailers, telling the player to "Prepare to Die". Published by Namco Bandai for ...

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How does the game determine if I can wield a weapon with two-hands?

I know that wielding a weapon with two-hands allows you to wield weapons you normally don't meet the strength requirement for, but I'm uncertain exactly how the game calculates this. How does the ...
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What does the rating in a message mean?

In Dark Souls, there are messages all over the floor that can be read. Every message has a Rating in number form along with it. Many are 0, the highest I've seen so far is 5. What do these ratings ...
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Why improving shields boosts their attack and stability values only?

When upgrading shields, only their attack and stability values appear to increase. As I understand the need for the latter, why does attack increase and not defense attributes? Who uses shields for ...
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What is that shadow in Blight Town?

Looking down at the sewer like area (in front of the spinning wheel), close to where you find the second fire keeper soul guarded by those "fire dogs", you can see a lurking shadow with a moving tail. ...
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What makes Dark Souls difficult, and is it really as hard as other people say? [closed]

I've seen a lot of reviews and most of which say that dark souls is pretty much the hardest game out there at the moment. I'm not usually a fan of very hard games but do like a challenge, I'm ...
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Dark Souls weapon upgrade items availability

In Dark Souls, are there any weapon upgrade items (shards, chunks, etc) with limited supply, beside Boss Souls? For instance, a shard that drops only from Crystal Lizards with a random chance. So ...
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Can I get information about the covenant in-game in Dark Souls?

I've talked to the miracle teacher near the Firelink Bonfire, and I've joined the White Covenant. I've read here that the covenant put some restriction on what you are allowed to do, however, I've not ...
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Why is the bell tolling when I'm playing online?

Every now and then I hear a bell tolling in Dark Souls. Is this other people ringing the awakening bell? Do I gain any buffs from this event (like I do when someone kindles a bonfire)?
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Scaling weapon or elemental weapon?

In my experience I find that opponents with elemental weapons fares way better towards me (I'm lvl 61, using a +5 Channeler's trident with 50 INT) than those that don't. Is it better to have a ...
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What are the specifics of the Covenants? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I get information about the covenant in-game in Dark Souls? In Dark Souls, each of the Covenants seems to allow you to access certain parts/areas or items in the ...
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Can a NG player be summoned by a NG+ player (and vice versa)?

Can a NG player be summoned by a NG+ player (and vice versa) ? I'm curious as I'm going to start my NG+ with my lvl 61 sorceror. Maybe lvl 61 is too low for NG+, from what I've read people seem to be ...
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What are the two floating circles/rings in The Catacombs?

In the Catacombs, in the ground-level chamber just before the outside area with the cartwheel skeletons (the one with two bow-wielding skeletons), there are two white, floating circles/rings. Can ...
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What does the physical damage on shields do in Dark Souls?

Shields in Dark Souls have a physical damage rating. Is that the amount of damage reduced, or it means something else?
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Is the Orange Guidance Soapstone item consumable?

I've seen that the first merchant found in Undead Burg is selling the Orange Guidance Soapstone item. The in-game description of the item is: Online play item. Write/view/rate message. ...
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Are there any missable item in the Undead Asylum?

I finished the Undead Asylum tonight, but was unable to open the door behind the first Undead Soldier. It was locked and I didn't find the key, and I think there is an item behind this door, as I saw ...
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How do I ascend a +10 normal weapon to a +11 normal weapon?

I know the Large Ember will ascend a +5 normal weapon to a +6 normal weapon, however I'm uncertain how to ascend a +10 normal weapon to a +11 normal weapon.
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Characters/Avatars near my bonfire

Occasionally when I'm close to a bonfire, a character/avatar will appear. The character looks like an NPC, but I pass through it and am unable to interact with it. I suspect they are actually other ...